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We need an exit from Google
By Dave Winer on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM.

Google's feature-creep is creeping me out. #

A picture named tooManyFeaturesNoThanks.gifI did an image search the other day and it made me stand up and pace. They were showing me posts on Google Plus with pictures from people they know I know because I email with them in Gmail. I don't want to go there. I want search to be search and just that. I want the same search everyone else gets unless I specifically ask it to search images from people I know who are using Google-Plus. There are times I don't want to be marketed to. Like when I'm using image search. That's almost always part of creative work. I will do the driving Google. Thanks. #

Maybe it's time to use DuckDuckGo, but honestly that's another Fred Wilson company, and even though he returns my calls and answers my emails, I don't want to be so dependent on him. I already us Twitter, Tumblr and Disqus. That's enough.  #

I went ahead and set up my browser, Firefox, to go to DuckDuckGo instead of Google.  #

It's nice. Kind of like Google used to be.  #

Okay Fred, you win. For now. :-) #

One thing is for sure, the Internet experience which has been pretty steady for the last five years or so is about to upheave. I'm planning on doing some of the heaving myself.  #

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